How long does a factory reset take on a Sony TV?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

The duration of a factory reset on a Sony TV can vary depending on the specific model and its processing power. On average, the process can take anywhere from a few minutes to around 30 minutes. It is important to note that during the factory reset, all the data and settings on the TV will be erased, returning it to its original factory state.

To initiate a factory reset on a Sony TV, you typically need to access the settings menu. The exact steps may vary slightly depending on the model, but generally, you can follow these instructions:

1. Turn on the TV and press the “Home” button on your remote control.
2. Navigate to the “Settings” menu using the arrow keys and select it.
3. Look for an option called “Storage & Reset,” “System,” or something similar.
4. Within this menu, you should find a “Factory Data Reset” or “Initialize” option. Select it.
5. You may be prompted to enter a PIN or password to proceed. If you have set up a security code, enter it.
6. Once you confirm your selection, the TV will start the factory reset process.

During the factory reset, the TV will go through a series of steps to erase all data and revert to its original settings. This can include removing any installed apps, clearing personal preferences, and resetting network configurations.

It’s worth noting that the first time you set up a Sony TV, there may be a Welcome setup screen that appears twice. However, it is important not to set up the first Welcome screen. The TV will automatically perform a factory reset within one minute of the first Welcome setup screen. This is applicable to models released in 2019 or earlier.

While the factory reset is in progress, it’s best to avoid interrupting the process by turning off the TV or disconnecting the power. Doing so may result in the TV not resetting properly or potentially causing other issues.

Once the factory reset is complete, the TV will restart and prompt you to go through the initial setup process again. You will need to reconnect to your Wi-Fi network, sign in to your streaming accounts, and adjust any desired settings.

In my personal experience, the factory reset on Sony TVs has generally been a straightforward process. The duration can vary depending on the TV model and the amount of data it needs to erase. It’s essential to be patient and allow the TV to complete the reset before proceeding with the setup.

The factory reset on a Sony TV typically takes a few minutes to half an hour. It’s important to follow the instructions specific to your model and avoid interrupting the process to ensure a successful reset.